Family Ties expands. In keeping with Smugglers' mission of being the best resort for family fun anywhere, family activities have expanded in the popular Family Ties programs. For many years a daily afternoon offering, Family Ties encompasses a full day of activities every day of the week this summer.
Families visiting Smugglers' find fun activities to enjoy together from 10 am to about 7 pm daily. Many of these activities are package inclusions, like an agility dog demo, sock puppet making, family nature walks, creature feature with a naturalist, giant lawn games, singalongs, and arts and crafts. Other activities with equipment needs, like family mountain biking and paddleboard clinics, are fee-based.
With the expanded Family Ties, Smugglers' is responding to feedback indicating that for today's families, sharing their vacation experiences together as a family is a priority. Family Ties is an opportunity for guests visiting the resort to explore the natural environment, play, learn and create together.
Bootleggers' Basin reservoir and recreation area, developed in Summer 2015, entices families with a swimming area, playing fields, tents, picnic tables and restrooms. Bootleggers' serves as home base for Family Ties field games like kickball, soccer and volleyball and a unique water sport, flyboarding, that uses a boot-mounted water jet pack enabling the wearer to leap and dive in flight above the water.
Mountain biking. Smugglers' continues to build mountain biking programs. As with many of Smugglers' programs, the mountain biking experience is designed to support all ages and abilities in order to best serve the needs of family visitors. There are entry level and skill developing programs, as well as more advanced clinics. Last year Smugglers' developed trails on site and a pump track, a circular training area with entry level trail features built in, as well as a specialty camp for ages 9-17.
Smugglers' expanded the training area into a mountainside park with additional features for learning adjacent to the pump track. Guests can also choose from a family bike clinic, a women's clinic and a pedal-free bike session for ages 3-6 (these small and lightweight bikes promote balance and coordination at an introductory level for this age group). And for more fun, a bike parade joins the weekly parade for campers before the afternoon Country Fair on Thursdays.